Poor fella. He thinks he’s getting skinned — you know, have the skin being taken from his back. But that just isn’t so. This proverb or idiom has nothing to do with a cat or getting skinned. So, what does it actually mean?
When there is more than one way to skin a cat there are more than one way to accomplish a goal. Take, for instance, that you want to have a college degree but you have no money to acquire the degree, and you do not have the grades or the athletic prowess to gain a scholarship. You simply want to go to school. What to do, what to do?
There are many ways to follow the path to get a college degree. You could work full-time and take a course or two at a time, but this should take you a very, very long time to gain your desire. You could work part-time and take three or four courses at a time; now, you will reach your goal faster than the first option. You could work for a corporation that pays for your classes as you work for them (I did this when I worked on my master’s degree). You could join the military and take classes as you work for the government or take part in the benefits they offer after so many years of service. You could apply for scholarships that are seldom tapped into or apply for a grant. Of course, there are also loans, but then you end up paying for that degree for years to come.
Also, today there are a myriad of ways to obtain the bachelor’s degree. You can get the credits traditionally by going to a classroom. Then, there are online courses through the college close to you, or there are entire degrees that you could earn in the comfort of your home. Further along in your pursuit of the almighty degree, you might come across a college where you get credit for life experience.
In other words, there are many ways to achieve your goal: there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
If you think about it, there are many ways to obtain most goals — from dieting to exercising to saving money to traveling. It’s all in how you go about it, how you look at the problem to find a solution.
Until next week…have a great weekend…